Aluminum goodness

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Joe Campbell, Sep 16, 2022.

  1. Joe Campbell

    Joe Campbell Well-Known Member

    I’ve had a growing interest in aluminum coins lately and REALLY overpaid for one this week. Paid $3 for a Japanese 1 sen 1942 but with the proof like view of Mt Fuji I couldn’t pass it up.

    thanks for looking.

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  3. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Well-Known Member

    I would tend to agree with you on that piece.
  4. BRandM

    BRandM Counterstamp Collector

    It's a very nice coin, Joe, and I don't think you overpaid for it. It's something that really appealed to you so you went for it. Done it many times myself.

  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Japan was in WWII in 1942. That’s why it was $3.00.
  6. paddyman98

    paddyman98 I'm a professional expert in specializing! Supporter



    That's the word Aluminum in Japanese.
  7. ToughCOINS

    ToughCOINS Dealer Member Moderator

    The only aluminum coins I've ever "bought" were US patterns from when aluminum was worth more than gold, circa 1860.
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  8. 7Jags

    7Jags Well-Known Member

    Here’s one quite rare, not Japanese (LOL). I have not seen a halfpenny OMS in aluminum before:

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    BasSWarwick Well-Known Member

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  11. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    Probably my best aluminum piece.


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  12. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    With the obvious exceptions of the 1974 and 1974-D aluminum cents, I don't really care much for aluminum coinage in general. Too light for my taste, almost like tokens at an arcade.
  13. Stork

    Stork I deliver Supporter

    $3 is a steal. Those have a very nominal catalog value but actually finding a nice one is NOT easy. Ask me how I know. That goes for a lot of so-called common aluminum pieces. Very susceptible to environmental damage. But those war time era types, that is a real find.
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  14. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

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  17. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

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  18. cladking

    cladking Coin Collector

    Aluminum is greatly underrated.

    Much of it is exceedingly common and most of it is common in poor condition but some issues have been melted almost in their entirety and many of them are very scarce in pristine or Gem condition.
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  19. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

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  20. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    If aluminum coins are in good condition they can be very attractive and even comparable to silver. Here are a few of my favorites, though I could make quite a list of nice aluminum coins. 1951 morocco 5 francs.jpg 1953 madagascar 5 francs.jpg 1953 vietnam 50 xu.jpg 1965 belgian congo 10 francs.jpg
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